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Rise in police fatal shootings

regionalterrencewilliamsindecomKINGSTON — The Independent Commission of Investigations, says it has recorded a 15 per cent increase in the number of police fatal shootings during the first quarter of this year compared to last year.

INDECOM boss, Terrence Williams who was addressing the first quarter press briefing at its head office in Kingston this morning, said at the end of last month 78 civilians were allegedly killed by the police compared to 66 over the corresponding period last year.

The highest number of fatalities were recorded in January, with 31 killings up from 11 last year.

In February, 29 persons were killed compared to 20 last year.

The record for March shows a decrease, with 18 people being killed compared 35 last year.

Williams says INDECOM has been making progress in having cases completed within its 60-day timelime. (Gleaner)

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